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Cheong Pheak, 25, plays drum and dances. KT/Say Tola

Dancer and drummer Cheong Pheak, 25, has been involved in traditional Khmer performing arts since the age of 13. Recalling her earliest training, Ms Pheak said she was injured many times but never gave up.

“Dance training was painful. But my love for dance was stronger than the pain,” Ms Pheak said.

This entry into the traditional arts later led Ms Pheak to discover traditional instruments, about which she is equally passionate. When the team leader of Medha called on girls to join, she jumped at the chance to learn Khmer drumming.

“I was really interested in joining the Medha (girls’) drumming group. It teaches girls that they are as capable as boys and promote the value of girls to society,” Ms Pheak added.

Ms Pheak said she is afraid that Cambodia will lose some of its traditional art forms. Therefore, she urged all Cambodians, especially young people, to promote and help preserve all art forms.

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